If you’re gearing up to hit the mall this holiday season, Shop smart! Make a list, create a budget and control your impulses. As shopping online increases, it gives shoppers more options. Not to mention the great online deals. There’s also Cyber Monday to look forward to. I love the busyness of the holiday season and being out amongst the other shoppers at specific times which is usually during the week, when crowds are fewer.
I think shoppers are more savvy now and know that some of the best deals will be closer to Christmas day. Retailers have to get rid of all their Christmas inventory to make way for the new year so late shopping has become smart shopping. Best of all have fun and make smart purchases rather than frivolous ones. And for that person that has everything or is impossible to buy for there’s always gift cards! Happy holiday season!
Gifts for Dad
Cosmetics and perfume
Gift Basket (I actually like the DIY baskets) so that you can put what you want in it.
Asus VivoBook (Best Buy 279.00)
HP Stream Laptop ( Staples 229.00)
Toddlers, Kids and Teens
While we are out and about shopping, spending our hard earned money let’s not forget, who the provisions come from. God allows us to be prosperous. The real reason for the season is to celebrate Christ’s birth, and his love for us, and not just during the holidays but all year long. Answering our prayers, keeping us safe, healing us, sheltering us, giving us direction and blessing us. Psalm 68:19, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior, who daily bears our burdens.” In my house it’s about celebrating the goodness of God and survival! When I think of the goodness and all He’s done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah! Have a blessed Holiday season!
Try as you might it’s nearly impossible to maintain control of your weight during the holidays! So you opt to just throw out the rule book and co crazy. I had two dinner plates and three small pieces of pie. If there’s anytime to abandon your diet it’s now.
Then it’s the after the holiday blues to look forward to when you see how much weight you’ve gained during the holidays. We want to avoid the blues and enjoy the food guilt free. Reconcile in your mind that you deserve this.
It’s much easier to have control when health and fitness is a lifestyle. Because you can enjoy those rich foods knowing that every now and then is okay. If you’re trying to lose weight this season or simply keep your weight in check it’s absolutely doable it just takes a little extra effort and planning.
Drinking a glass or two of water an hour before a meal will help you to not overeat.
Portion Control. Don’t over pack your plate. But if you do and start to feel full, its okay to stop there. Wrap your plate and reheat it later when you feel hungry again.
Supplement your appetite with healthy low-calorie snacks between meals. For example if your going out for Thanksgiving dinner you don’t want to arrive hungry. Between breakfast and the time dinner is served if you haven’t had an in between snack chances are you’re going to be very hungry and eat a lot more.
Schedule some time for exercise during the holiday. It may not be your usual routine in terms of length of time, but be consistent. It will curb your appetite, decrease, stress, and give you more energy.
The Holidays are full of delicious desserts. Pies and cakes etc… you have to treat yourself. Treating yourself doesn’t mean a whole pie. To stay in control choose one dessert and have one or two guilty free slices.
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